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Best Toiletry Bag Contents?

An unexpected late holiday gift has left me the owner of an amazingly capacious leather toiletry bag (this one to be exact) to replace my previous canvas sack. What can I put in it to make it the best men's toiletry bag ever for someone who travels frequently? I'm already putting in travel toothbrushes and simple shaving supplies, but what else should I include? What unexpected thing has been life-saving (or just really welcome) in your toilet bag? What emergency supplies should I have on hand?
posted by The Whelk on Jan 17, 2014 - 44 answers


Whither the beard wrangler?

TV shows and movies frequently feature characters with five o'clock shadows or a day or so worth of beard growth. Given that production schedules often require long shooting days, how do they keep a five o'clock shadow from looking like 8 am the next morning? How are actor's beards kept at the couple of days growth look when a sixteen hour shooting day could easily have them well on their way to looking like one of the Boston Red Sox? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Dec 8, 2013 - 8 answers

So where are all the laser bros?

Every passing year I hate shaving more and more and I ponder getting laser hair removal for my beard. Now that it's starting to grey - which as a lighter color is supposedly less responsive to the laser - I feel some time pressure if I'm going to do it. But trying to find success stories and pertinent local recommendations - not to mention pricing ideas - is proving near impossible because I find no sign of average Joes getting it done. What's up with that? [more inside]
posted by phearlez on Sep 5, 2013 - 12 answers

Help me understand Darth Vader Cat

My kitty, Shoggoth, just had to have six teeth extracted due to FORLs, including one of these fangs. I'm curious about whether any Mefites who know about vet stuff can explain some of the mechanics of this to me. [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jun 5, 2013 - 8 answers

Are more expensive epilators worth it or could they work worse?

I have read posts about different epilators and have heard good reviews about Braun, but it seemed like lower to mid price epilators were recommended. I am new to epilating and I want to use it for legs, under-arms and chin. I am looking for the best epilator that is easy, efficient and has high techiness that makes general use of it easy such as wet/dry. What are some of the good epilators to use and does higher cost equate to it being better? [more inside]
posted by Jaelma24 on May 12, 2013 - 11 answers

One beard enkemptening, please.

I have a rather unkempt winter beard and I'd like to shape it into an actual (but still thick, long and luxurious) beard. Every time I try to do it myself, I fuck it up. I love my barber, but there's a bit of a language barrier and ever since this little mishap , I'm not yet willing to put my beard back in his hands. So I need some YouTube videos or sites or books or salon manuals or something that will allow me to work on my beard without reinventing the wheel. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Feb 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Alternatives to shaving for pregnant ladies?

I hate shaving my legs. I'm a hairy lady with dark leg hair, and shaving always itches & hurts, no matter what shaving cream or lotions I use. I usually wax in the summer and ignore my legs in the winter, but my toddler would love it if we went to the pool, and I'm fifteen weeks pregnant. Can I get a leg wax while I'm pregnant? Are there other options I haven't thought about? Depilatories don't work for me, and I'm not comfortable taking my hairy hairy legs to the pool. The last time I was pregnant, I didn't go swimming; I just wore long pants or leggings the whole time. (Bikini line isn't a concern; I always wear board shorts anyway, and I have awesome maternity ones I'm excited to fit into.)
posted by linettasky on Jan 12, 2013 - 24 answers

Best close-shave electric shaver?

What's the best very-close-shave electric shaver/razor for the face and other sensitive areas? I'm intrigued by the Cleancut and the similar Body Bare, but they seem too good to be true and honest reviews are hard to find. Do you have personal experience with either of those, or another you really like? Or does what I want even exist? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Dec 2, 2012 - 6 answers

Alum block after shaving: Alzheimer's risk?

So I hear that aluminum is pretty bad for your body (and maybe is linked to Alzheimer's?). I also hear that alum (which is used to close nicks after shaving) is the name of an aluminum compound. The majority of info about alum crystals for personal hygiene tends to be on "natural living" web sites and the like, so my main question is: is there any actual scientific study either way as to the safety of such a thing being rubbed on your face on a regular basis?
posted by DoctorFedora on Nov 26, 2012 - 6 answers

Dorco or Safety Razor?

Any ladies out there shave old school, as in, with a safety razor? [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Oct 12, 2012 - 34 answers

Is it safe to use any antibiotics on only an occasional basis?

Is it safe to use any antibiotics on only an occasional basis? [more inside]
posted by denverco on Oct 9, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me identify with this film from the spoiler.

Help me identify with this film from the spoiler. [more inside]
posted by MarvinJ on Jul 22, 2012 - 4 answers

Freak of nature seeks effective hair-removal solution....

When I get a bikini wax, it stays smooth for less than ONE WEEK. Is there a better hair removal solution for freaks of nature like me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2012 - 22 answers

How to get a close shave with no razor bumps?

I'm a dark haired 26-year old guy, with what I assume to be a tough, bristly beard. How do I get past the 5'oclock shadow and razor bumps that have been starting to plague me as of late? (Details inside) [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Jul 4, 2012 - 16 answers

I Love You Mr Disposable Razors

Is it worth buying an electric razor, or is shaving underarms/legs with a regular disposable just as good? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jun 14, 2012 - 36 answers

Why do I experience ear pain a few hours after bathing?

Why do I experience ear pain a few hours after bathing? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on May 6, 2012 - 14 answers

What font does the Tabac logo use?

What font does the Tabac logo use? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Apr 28, 2012 - 3 answers

Best rotary-style electric razor?

Dear face-shaving persons of MetaFilter, what is your preferred electric rotary razor? Mr. Sidhedevil has a tough beard and tender skin, and insists on using a rotary-head-style electric. The most recent AskMe on this was from 2010, so hoping there are some new good models out there. We're in the US, so it has to be available here. [more inside]
posted by Sidhedevil on Apr 13, 2012 - 4 answers

Lady arm hair: What do to?

Have you ever removed arm (not armpit) hair? How and would you recommend it? [more inside]
posted by manicure12 on Mar 4, 2012 - 41 answers

Dirtstache optical illusion!

When I shave my face, it always leaves behind the appearance of a dirtstache. How do I stop this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Do you have any advice or testimonials for someone new to wet shaving?

Do you have any advice or testimonials for someone new to wet shaving? [more inside]
posted by Jeff Morris on Jan 25, 2012 - 24 answers


ISO the best beard grooming system for my special bearded person. [more inside]
posted by rumposinc on Dec 14, 2011 - 7 answers

Shave something off the price of razor blades?

What's the best value out there for cartridge razor blades? My husband and I both use the Mach 3, but I just realized the blades cost a ridiculous amount (this time, $3.35 each). Alternatives? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Dec 3, 2011 - 36 answers

What is a good model of corded shaver?

Does anyone have a recommendation for a corded (not battery-powered) electric shaver? [more inside]
posted by millions on Nov 9, 2011 - 9 answers

How to get rid of my beard...for good?

Sick and tired of shaving! I'm going to get electrolysis. Here's the catch: I'm a guy. Anyone out there undergone the process before want to tell me what it's like? I imagine it's quite different for men rather than women as our beards are quite a bit coarser. [more inside]
posted by satyricaldude on Nov 5, 2011 - 10 answers

Electric shavers - what are they good for?

Why do men choose electric shavers over safety or cartridge razors? Are electric shavers better or worse for sensitive male skin? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Oct 29, 2011 - 46 answers

Make me look less trustworthy in Lower Manhattan

I'll be in lower Manhattan today (Worth St). Can anyone recommend a barber in the vicinity that does straight-blade shaving? I would like to get my regular mustache converted into a Bob Dylan-style pencil mustache. If not right in the neighborhood, a reasonable subway ride away is ok. Thanks!
posted by SampleSize on Oct 14, 2011 - 6 answers

What shaving cream should I use?

What shaving cream should I use? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jul 31, 2011 - 47 answers

Best electric pre-shave product?

I'm looking for a lotion, oil, powder, etc. that'll help me get a closer shave with my electric razor. Any experience? While I'm open to less common solutions, I'm optimally looking for something I can just grab at CVS. In the past I've used baby oil which has worked well, but are there any other options (specifically for electric razors or alternative solutions) that might be better? I've seen commercials for Lectric Shave recently and was wondering. Thanks!
posted by shabaabk on Jun 27, 2011 - 13 answers

What's a good shaving mirror?

I would like to buy my boyfriend a great, fogless shaving mirror. Has anyone had any positive experiences with any? [more inside]
posted by Clotilde on May 1, 2011 - 13 answers

Shave or not shave?

I have an important interview coming up with a big law firm. Should I shave my beard? Special circumstances inside. [more inside]
posted by naju on Mar 29, 2011 - 31 answers

Is my, er, pubic hair style socially acceptable?

I'm about to sleep with a new boy. Do I need to worry about my pubic hair situation? (NSFW probably) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2010 - 42 answers

how to mark the star I'm going to shave on my head?

hairdressers/surgeons/creative others: I'm going to shave a shape on my head. What can I use to mark the borders of the shape on my hair/scalp to guide me? [more inside]
posted by mirileh on Oct 23, 2010 - 11 answers

Pregnancy Shaving: It's a jungle [down] there!

Pregnancy Shaving: Running a clean ship when you can't see the deck... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2010 - 30 answers

Lady, shave

My mother never shaved her legs or painted her nails. It's too late now for me to be reading teenage magazines. Tell me how to do these things properly. [more inside]
posted by mippy on Sep 30, 2010 - 54 answers

Rory wants to be better cleanshaven

Straight razor vs. safety? [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich on Aug 19, 2010 - 28 answers

Help Solve a 50 Year Old Family Mystery!

Help me find a vintage shaving brush set issued by the US Navy circa 1948-1950! [more inside]
posted by TurquoiseZebra on Jul 28, 2010 - 5 answers

Ever see Lex Luthor in the "returns" line?

Should I use an electric razor on my newly-bald scalp? And if I don't like the shave, will I be able to return it? [more inside]
posted by PlusDistance on Jul 25, 2010 - 17 answers

Anybody ever tried Magic Shave on their face?

Looking for anecdotes and experiences from men using Magic Shaving Powder depilatory cream [more inside]
posted by I am the Walrus on Jul 9, 2010 - 12 answers

I need to wear a bathing suit!

I need help with personal grooming. NSFW and possibly TMI: [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 29, 2010 - 32 answers

Brush shaving soap recommendations

Shaving cream recommendations for my dad - badger brush & not too smelly [more inside]
posted by machine on Jun 29, 2010 - 14 answers

RZA Shaved the Track and He Caught Razor Bumps

Teach me how to shave properly. [more inside]
posted by orville sash on Jun 22, 2010 - 33 answers

Shaving question

Shaving question [more inside]
posted by abbat on Jun 15, 2010 - 39 answers

This could hurt worse than the 40 Year Old Virgin

How to remove hair from a very sensitive spot? (Warning: TMI, NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2010 - 11 answers

Attack of the stubble monster

Why is my leg hair growing in so quickly now, and how can I stop or curb it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 19, 2010 - 15 answers

What are some good cheap alternatives to the Mach 3 razor

I've used the Mach 3 razor on my face for the longest time and I have been very happy with its performance. But Gillette's recent price increases are just not something I can absorb in my current economic situation. What are some good cheap alternatives that would be available in NYC-area stores? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Apr 18, 2010 - 31 answers

Why did you do this to me, Tom?

Where can I get Tom's of Maine calendula shaving cream? It seems they don't make it anymore!!! If I can't get it, do you know of a product that is very similar? This was the best shaving cream I've ever used and have never found anything that can compare.
posted by sickinthehead on Apr 8, 2010 - 17 answers

Help me find relief!

Does anyone know where I can find Nick Relief, a product which helps stanch shaving cuts, in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by j1950 on Mar 30, 2010 - 5 answers

What's the source of this quote?

I'm looking for the source of this remembered anecdote I heard about 30 years ago: A famous letter was to the editor of the Times of London read, in its entirety: "This morning while shaving, I broke 100. What's par?" This apparently released a flood of responses. The letter was published much longer ago, I'd guess, and it might not have been the Times, either — perhaps it was in the journal Notes & Queries. Search at Times or Notes & Queries fails to find it, however. It was in Britain, in any case. [more inside]
posted by beagle on Mar 10, 2010 - 1 answer

Wax on, wax off

Which is better to do in between brazilian waxes: shaving or depilatory creams such as Veet? Bonus question: can somebody please explain to me why it is recommended not to shave in between? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2010 - 12 answers

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